ARDC Members

Lynn Caldwell Hawkins, Chair

Lynn Caldwell Hawkins, Chair

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Lexa/Phillips County

Lynn Caldwell Hawkins was appointed to the ARDC in 2011 by President Pro Tempore, Senator Paul Bookout and reappointed in 2013 by Governor Mike Beebe; Lynn was appointed to a full five year team in 2016 by Governor Asa Hutchinson. Lynn is Chair of the Rural Services Block Grant and Unpaved Roads Grant sub-committees. She is currently the Chief Operations Officer for the Arkansas Rural Health Partnership,  a non- profit, horizonal hospital network covering Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Columbia, Dallas, Desha, Drew, and Jefferson counties. Lynn is a graduate of the 2009-2010 Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy and the 2017 Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education Authentic Leadership Program. She lived in Monroe County for 36 years at which time she moved to Phillips County and currently resides in Lexa. Lynn and her husband, Jim, have 6 children together. Lynn loves spending time with her family.

David Johnston, Vice-Chair

David Johnston, Vice-Chair

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Searcy/White County

David Johnston was appointed to the ARDC in 2015 by President Pro Tempore, Senator Jonathan Dismang. He serves on the County Fair Grant and the Wildlife Conservation Education Grant sub-committees. Johnston is a 1993 graduate of Arkansas State and holds a degree in Marketing. He operates Lake Ice and Ag Khem Direct, both in Searcy. Johnston serves on the Reddy Ice Distribution Board, State Red Cross Board, and Simmons First Community Board. He lives in Searcy with his wife, Michelle, together they have one son, Chase. 

Davis Bell

Davis Bell

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Des Arc/Prairie County

Davis Bell was appointed to the ARDC in 2017 by Speaker of the House, Representative Jeremy Gillam. He serves on the Rural Community Grant sub-committee. Davis is a fourth generation farmer near Des Arc where he farms corn and soybeans with his two sons. Davis enjoys spending time with his grandchildren and at the lake. He has served on several local, state and national boards for farm organizations as well as hosting international farm tour groups at his farm. Davis currently serves as fire chief for a small rural fire and rescue department, on the local emergency governing board, and in other civic organizations. He is an active member of Des Arc First Baptist Church where he serves as a deacon and Sunday School Director. Davis been married to Jan Sechrest Bell from West Memphis for 37 years. Together they have three children, Gregory and Rebecca Bell and their children, Logan and Perry of Des Arc, Ryan and Sara Bell and their children, Lola and Henry, also of Des Arc, and a daughter Katelyn Skarda and husband Adam and their son, Holden of Little Rock.

John Davis

John Davis

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Monticello, Drew County

John Davis was appointed to the ARDC in 2018 by Governor Asa Hutchinson.  He serves on the Rural Services Block Grant and Arkansas Unpaved Roads Grant Program sub-committees.  John is an assistant professor of political science and director of governmental relations at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He completed his B.A. and M.A. in political science at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Missouri in Columbia. John is a graduate of the Delta Regional Authority’s Delta Leadership Institute (Class of 2016-2017). An 8th generation Arkansan, he lives in Monticello with his wife, Ember, and son, John Lee.

Claude Graves

Claude Graves

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Lorado/Greene County 

Claude Graves was appointed to the ARDC in 2016 by Governor Asa Hutchinson.  He serves on the Rural Community Grant Program subcommittee. Claude is a Vietnam Veteran and served in the U.S. Army from 1973 through 1976.  He re-enlisted in the Army Reserves in 1985, and worked in Military Intelligence as an Imagery Interpreter specialist.  In 1986 he graduated from Arkansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Claude spent the next 12 years working for both Federal and State agencies as a tax auditor. He now owns a tax consulting firm in Paragould, Arkansas Sales Tax Specialists, Inc. and represents clients throughout the State. Claude and his wife, Dena Bolar, are members of the Finch Baptist Church.

Brent Keener

Brent Keener

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Waldron/Scott County

Brent Keener was appointed to the ARDC in 2018 by Governor Asa Hutchinson.  He serves on the Rural Services Block Grant and Arkansas Unpaved Roads Grant Program sub-committees.

Frank Lisko

Frank Lisko

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Stuttgart/Prairie County

Frank Lisko was appointed to the ARDC in 2015 by President Pro Tempore, Senator Jonathan Dismang. He is Chair of the County Fair Building Grant and the Wildlife Conservation Education Grant sub-committees.  Frank farms 1400 acres of rice, soybeans, corn and wheat in Slovak, Arkansas. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Ag-Mechanization from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He was a member of the Razorback football team from 1980-1984. Frank is Treasurer of Slovak Volunteer Fire Department, Member of Riceland Foods, Producer’s Rice Mill, lifetime member of the Razorback “A” Club and President of the Prairie Regional Water Distribution District. Frank and his wife, Susan, were chosen Prairie County Farm Family of the Year in 2011. They have been married for 31 years and have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. 

Martha McCaskill

Martha McCaskill

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Carlisle/Lonoke County

Martha McCaskill was appointed to the ARDC in 2018 by Governor Asa Hutchinson.  She serves on the Rural Community Grant Program sub-committee.

Butch Prunty

Butch Prunty

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Blytheville/Mississippi

John “Butch” Prunty was appointed to the ARDC in 2018 by Governor Asa Hutchinson.  He serves on the County Fair Grant and Wildlife Conservation Education Grant sub-committees.

Elizabeth Walker

Elizabeth Walker

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Sevier County

Elizabeth was appointed to the ARDC in 2017 to a two year term by Speaker Jeremy Gillam and serves on the Block Grant sub-committee.  Elizabeth and her husband, Brian, own and operate a poultry and cattle farm located near Horatio.  Elizabeth received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arkansas and worked as a senior process engineer in the paper industry for 9 years.  She is a graduate of the Little River County Leadership program and Arkansas Farm Bureau Presidential Leadership Council.  Elizabeth is a 2015 graduate of The Lead Arkansas (LeadAR) program that included an international study tour to the Baltics where she studied the agricultural and socioeconomics of Lithuania, Latvia, & Estonia.  Elizabeth has served as the Arkansas Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher State Committee Co-Chair and has served on the Farm Credit Services of Western Arkansas nominating committee.   She currently serves on the Dale Bumpers College of Agriculture Dean’s Executive Advisory Board, Sevier County Farm Service Agency Committee, and the Vice President of the Horatio School District Board of Directors. Elizabeth & her family were recognized as the 2009 Sevier County and West Central Arkansas Farm Family of the Year.  Elizabeth attends the Williamson Community Church and serves as the VBS director. Elizabeth currently works on the family farm, which allows her more time to spend with her two children, Reese & Rhett.  She enjoys spending time with her family, the outdoors, and beekeeping.